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This month the Royal Academy of Arts will be presenting a major exhibition examining the role of gardens in the paintings of Claude Monet and his contemporaries.

With Monet as the starting point, the exhibition will span the early 1860s to the 1920s, a period of tremendous social change and innovation in the arts, and will include Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists of the early twentieth century.

The show will bring together over 120 works, from public institutions and private collections across Europe and the USA, including 35 paintings by Monet alongside rarely seen masterpieces by Paul Klee, Emil Nolde, Gustav Klimt and Wassily Kandinsky.

Joaquin Sorolla, Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1911
Image: Joaquin Sorolla, Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1911, Photo (c) Courtesy of The Hispanic Society of America, New York

Highlights of the exhibition will include a magnificent selection of Monet’s water lily paintings including the great Agapanthus Triptych of 1916 – 1919. The three paintings were split up in the 1950s, going to museums in Cleveland, Saint Louis and Kansas City, and have been reunited before but it will be the first time they have been seen together in the UK.

The RA’s director of artistic programmes, Tim Marlow, said the show would be “both popular and scholarly” and show how painting gardens provided artists with a route to abstraction.

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
Royal Academy of Arts
30 January – 20 April 2016